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Talking Renewables

A Renewable Energy Primer for Everyone

Anirudh Singh (author)

ISBN: 9781681748986

Publication Date: Mar 2018

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Provides a clear and factual picture of the status of renewable energy and its capabilities today. The book covers all areas of renewable energy, starting from biomass energy and hydropower and proceeding to wind, solar and geothermal energy before ending with an overview of ocean energy.

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Renewable energy (RE) is a subject of great interest today. It is one of the two main means for implementing climate change mitigation programmes, and presently the only perceived means for replacing the declining global fossil fuel reserves. It also helps fight poverty and assists in the global quest for gender equity by taking clean energy where it is needed most for development.

It is perhaps not surprising therefore that there is so much coverage of RE in both the conventional media and the internet by media and tech writers, economists and bloggers, many of who only have a partial understanding of the technology itself. The end result is mostly promotional rhetoric that says little about the true value of the technology, and leads to a confused picture for the serious individual or decision-maker who wants to know what the technology is really capable of doing.

This book provides a clear and factual picture of the status of RE and its capabilities today. The need for such a book was first realized by the author when he was engaged in a renewable energy capacity-building project encompassing countries from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, and the Pacific. The book is largely non-technical in nature; it does however contain enough mention of the science and technology to enable readers to go further with their own investigations should they wish to.

The book covers all areas of renewable energy (RE), starting from biomass energy and hydropower and proceeding to wind, solar and geothermal energy before ending with an overview of ocean energy. It begins with a simple introduction to the physical principles of the RE technologies, followed by an enumeration of the requirements for their successful implementation. The last two chapters consider how the technologies are actually being implemented today and their roles in climate change mitigation and poverty alleviation.
Imprint IOP Concise Physics
Pages 98
Dimensions 254 x 178
Date Published 30 Mar 2018
Publisher Morgan & Claypool Publishers
Subject/s Science: general issues   Applied physics   Environmental science, engineering & technology   Electricity, electromagnetism & magnetism   Alternative & renewable energy sources & technology  
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of acronyms
  • Author biography
  • 1. Energy and its uses
  • 2. Principles of renewable energy technologies--biomass and hydropower
  • 3. Principles of renewable energy technologies--solar, wind, geothermal and ocean energy
  • 4. Assessing renewable energy resources
  • 5. Other requirements for renewable energy
  • 6. Using renewable energy
  • 7. Our energy future
  • Bibliography
Anirudh Singh, PhD, is a researcher, writer, and consultant in Renewable Energy and Climate Change currently based at the University of Fiji where he is developing a Master's programme in Renewable Energy Management. After obtaining his PhD in Condensed Matter physics at Leicester University, he spent most of his research and teaching career the University of the South Pacific, where he managed two major capacity-building projects in Renewable Energy. He has also managed two international conferences and fourteen Renewable Energy capacity-building workshops, and has been Associate/Guest editor for international publishers.

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